The hacker space Saskatoon TechWorks will be holding an open house Saturday, August 25. The event will take place from 1PM to 9PM at 220 20th St W, Saskatoon.
We at Frivolous Engineering are big supporters of the hacker space movement and want to help in any way we can. We’ve sent a couple of free Ultimate Useless Machines for them to raffle off and some Ultimate Useless Kits for them to sell.
I encourage everyone in the Saskatoon area to attend this event and support TechWorks. There will be live entertainment, free food & drink, and some very cool projects to check out.
Eth0:2012 Summer, an outdoor high-tech geek conference in the Netherlands had a bug problem:
As the eth0 summer site is located in a forest next to a lake an unprecendeted amount of flying critters had made their way to the camp in search of blikenlights while in the process annoying the hackers. However, before the bugs where capable of mounting a propper attack, two (Eighdot, Sa007) of the visitors devised a plan to create the largest bug zapper ever seen.
As you can see in the video below, it’s putting an appreciable dent in the local flying insect population.
Last night I attended the first meet-up of CrashBangLabs, a hacker space that is forming here in Regina. More than 50 people attended and it looks to me like we have the critical mass needed to make this work.
The most impressive thing for me was being in the same room with over 50 like-minded people: folks who want to get their hands dirty and MAKE stuff.
A hacker space is more than just a place with tools and equipment, it’s the people who MAKE it happen. And judging from the folks I met last night, CrashBangLabs is off to a great start: almost every who attended the meeting signed up and intends to become a dues-paying member. The next steps will be incorporating the hacker space as a non-profit organization and finding a suitable location.
Hats off to David Gerhard and Matt Haines who got the ball rolling, and everyone who attended. You folks MADE my day!
The closest hackerspace to me is about 120 miles away and I just found out about them while writing this post. Last time I checked the closest one was about 500 miles away. Maybe it’s time to get one going in my city.
(Edit: Ask and yea shall receive… turns out there is a local hackerspace forming: crashbanglabs
I find this idea of Useless Workshops very cool and I would like to encourage more hackerspaces to have them. If your hackerspace is considering this please contact us: we can provide help and parts/kits at a steep discount.